“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

100 - JEE reforms: Ministry sends draft to IIT-B faculty - Hindustan Times

JEE reforms: Ministry sends draft to IIT-B faculty

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 07, 2012

Faculty members of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), who are opposing the joint entrance exam (JEE) reforms, have received a draft document from the human resources development (HRD) ministry before the seven-member panel meets them on Monday.

The draft contains the basic contours of the changes in the JEE, including dates for the exam (April 7, 2013) and the modalities of sub-committees that will be in charge. Faculty members at IITs, however, are not ready to budge and will place their objections before the committee.

When the committee held a meeting with IIT-Kanpur faculty members on Thursday, upset professors staged a walkout barely before it had begun. “Most people wanted to postpone the meeting as we did not have enough time to study the document,” said an IIT-K professor. “When the committee suggested we have an informal meeting everyone just walked out.”

“Faculty members have been voicing concerns over the reforms, and that they have not been consulted. The meetings were organised to tell them what is happening and to assuage their fears,” said an IIT director.